A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "God and the underdog," why does Bessie say the Klansmen make God a white man with blue eyes?

2. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?

3. In "God and the underdog," what do the Ku Klux Klan members discover when they get to heaven?

4. What does Bessie state was totally absent in her?

5. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

2. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

3. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

4. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

5. In "God and The Underdog," what does Bessie feel fuels revolutions?

6. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

7. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

8. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

9. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

10. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The American woman filled Bessie's world when she arrived in Serowe. Describe her physical characteristics. What made her stand out in the village? What did Bessie come to see her as? If Bessie would have been a more religious person, do you think she would have attributed the "Nigra Goddess" characteristics to the American woman? Was this filling a void for her where religion might have been? Or, do you think that she truly saw God in this woman? The American woman could at times be harsh with Bessie. Was this fair to Bessie? Was there any way that the she could relate to the horrors that Bessie had experienced in her life? Do you think that she was harsh because she thought that Bessie was self-absorbed? Or, do you think that she was harsh because she was trying to encourage Bessie to close the door on the past and move forward by thinking of and helping others?

Essay Topic 2

Oppression stunted and almost obliterated Bessie's creativity. And yet, the musician, Makeba, seemed to revel in it. Why do you think it would affect two people so differently? Is it a question of passion? Does it create more passion for some and less for others? Do you think that Makeba's passion for liberation fueled her in a creative sense? Did she use the situation to her own advantage? Did Bessie's avoidance of anything liberatory or revolutionary deny her this? Had she been more liberal, might she have been able to write?

Essay Topic 3

After reading "A Woman Alone," what are your views on oppression? How does it begin? What is it based on? Does it spiral out of control or is it a deliberate action? How do events in South Africa since he 1990s seem compared to the hopes of the previously oppressed people?

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